Pakistan Taliban kill 4 police
Four security officers were killed in a shootout in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province yesterday, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Pakistan Taliban.
About a dozen gunmen attacked policemen and paramilitary Frontier Constabulary officers at a highway checkpoint in Zhob district, prompting a two-hour gunbattle.
"Four of the security officials, including three policemen and one Frontier Corps officer, were killed in the attack. One of the suspected attackers has also been killed but not yet identified," Zhob's commissioner, Saeed Umrani, told AFP.
Three others were wounded.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) later claimed the attack in a statement, identifying the attacker shot dead by police.
The TTP is separate from Afghanistan's Taliban but shares a similar ideology.
Attacks, mostly targeting security forces, have been on the rise again since the Afghan Taliban seized control in Kabul in 2021 and a shaky ceasefire between the TTP and Islamabad ended in November last year.